Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Breaking Update 6-29-2011: Casey Anthony Murder Trial...A Really Bad Reality Show!!!

UPDATE 6-29-2011

George Anthony, the "father" of Casey Anthony is trying to save himself today.  Too bad he didn't have the option to "call a friend".  Of course, that wouldn't have helped him either.  On one of his faces, George Anthony was trying to keep his daughter upbeat in jail.  On another one of his faces, he was having an affair with one of the "volunteer searchers".  On yet another face, he was "trying to cooperate with law enforcement" and be "truthful".  Sure, I'd trust him on the stand...right?

Also exciting and disturbing today, Jose Baez questioned Cindy Anthony...again.  This time, he attempted to ask her about Lee know, Casey Anthony's "brother"?...allegedly groping Casey in her bedroom.  Well, we didn't get to hear any more about that disgusting behavior from this member of the ultimate dysfunctional family because the state objected and, yet again, there was a sidebar.  At this point in the game, the only thing I can think of that would be making them call so many sidebars is that they are doin' shots each time just to get through each day's twists, turns and lies.

Here's some clips from some articles for yah to show the details.

Casey Anthony Trial Update: Defense calls Casey's parents back to the stand...

...Lead defense attorney Jose Baez attempted to ask Cindy Anthony questions about her son, Lee, allegedly groping Casey Anthony in her bedroom. The state objected, a sidebar was called and Judge Belvin Perry sustained the objection, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.George Anthony said the statement centered around his experience in dealing with decomposition when he was a law enforcement officer. George Anthony told Baez that comparing the statement to Caylee was taking his words out of context.

...George Anthony said he had smelled the odor of human decomposition in the woods, a house and a car while working as a law enforcement officer in Ohio.

In July 2008 George Anthony said that he told a detective that his daughter's car smelled like human decomposition, based on his prior experience.
He was then asked about talking to detectives about his daughter. Baez claimed that he told detectives, that his daughter had a "tendency to live on the edge," reports the station.
George Anthony agreed he did make that statement to detectives.
Baez tried to say that George Anthony only said negative things about his daughter, and asked why  the next day went to visit her in jail.
George Anthony said he was trying to find his granddaughter and cooperating with law enforcement one day, and trying to keep his daughter upbeat while she was in jail.
Baez then implied that George Anthony wouldn't put his house up as collateral to bail Casey Anthony out of jail, but the state objected and the comments were stricken from the record.
George Anthony was then once again quizzed about the smell in his daughter's car, with Baez trying to point out potential inconsistencies in his statements made at different times.
"There is a smell of human decomposition in that car," George Anthony said, reports the station.
"And that's why you called 911 right then and there?" Baez said intensely, implying that George Anthony didn't act on the fact that he smelled the odor.
"And then you drove home? And went to work?" Baez said.
"I don't regret anything I did that day," Anthony said, according to the station.
Baez then asked George Anthony if he went on a media blitz in August 2009 before questioning him about his suicide attempt in January 2009.
"You expressed some guilt, didn't you, sir?" Baez said before withdrawing the question, which triggered tears in George Anthony's eyes.
George Anthony said he made more media appearances after recovering.
Then Baez asked him if he was paid $20,000 by CBS News. 
"I have tried to be nice to you," George Anthony replied angrily. "...I did everything I could possibly do to bring awareness about [Caylee]."

CASEY ANTHONY'S ATTORNEY: You're telling me now that you completely deny making a phone call to your son at all in November?

ROY KRONK, METER READER: My son was mistaken about that phone call. That phone call never happened. I called him on December 11th. And I told him on December 11th that I had found something, and that if he looked on television that night, he'd be able to see me for the first time since he was 8 years old.

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Casey Anthony's father breaks down on the stand

By KYLE HIGHTOWER 06.29.11, 12:21 PM EDT 
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Anthony's father broke down on the stand Wednesday as he described learning that granddaughter Caylee's remains had been found in a wooded area near his Orlando home.
Both of Anthony's parents testified again in their daughter's murder trial in central Florida. Anthony is accused of killing Caylee, who was 2 when she disappeared in June 2008. She wasn't reported missing until a month later and her remains weren't found until December of that year.
Anthony's attorneys said they have about six more witnesses to call, but it wasn't clear if the young woman would testify.
Court was briefly adjourned so her father, George Anthony, could compose himself after he cried on the stand.
He later became emotional again as he answered questions about his attempted suicide in January 2009.
Through tears, he recalled writing a letter to his wife in a Daytona Beach hotel room while drinking and taking pills.
"It just felt like the right time to go be with Caylee," he said.
The defense attorneys have continued their strategy of painting the Anthony family as dysfunctional.
Casey Anthony, 25, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Caylee's death and could face the death penalty if convicted of that charge.
The prosecution contends she used duct tape to suffocate the toddler. The defense says the girl drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool and has hammered away at forensics evidence at the heart of the prosecution's case.

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I know that the above graphic would be rude if it wasn't being put out on display for the whole world to diagnose!  Here we have a family that is built out of parents, George and Cindy Anthony who have failed finances and have obviously failed as parents.  George was having an affair.  Cindy was pretending that Caylee was her daughter, jealous because she was unsure if it was fathered by her own husband or her own son.  Casey was being molested by every man in her life and expects that behavior as the norm.  Lee, well Lee has done his fair share of partying and living it up, not to mention that he was probably molesting his own sister.  With all of this confusion in the mix, poor Caylee was born into a nightmare of confusing behaviors, lies, manipulations, and then her little life was ended early and not likely in a peaceful sleep.  How it actually ended we may never know, but this is clear...the whole family had a part.  Whether it was a physical part, psychological part, or any other part in this murder, this whole family should be held accountable for what happened to this little angel who only was able to touch people's lives on this earthly plain for a very short while.  

Here is what happened today in the court drama...

Casey Anthony Trial: Meter Reader Roy Kronk Describes Finding Caylee

Orlando meter reader Roy Kronk described discovering 2-year-old Caylee's remains and confirming the bones were human by using his meter reader stick to tilt the skull backwards.
"I was standing behind it so I was looking at it from behind. I still didn't think it was real so I gently took it [meter reader stick] and put it in the right eye socket...That was a really horrific thing for me to find obviously," Kronk said.
Casey Anthony's defense team put Kronk on the stand hoping to prove to jurors a key point of their defense theory. Defense lawyers claim that Kronk moved the body, tampering with the toddler's remains, in the hopes of collecting a reward.

Kronk gave testimony that at times was confusing. He seemed to conflict with previous statements he has given to law enforcement and attorneys.

At one point, Kronk denied ever picking up the skull or a bag that was with the remains and later he said that he picked up the bag, shook it three times and the skull ended up at his feet.

The toddler's remains were found by Kronk near the Anthony family home in a wooded area off of Suburban Drive on Dec. 11, 2008, nearly six months after she disappeared. Along with the toddler's remains were duct tape, a Winnie the Pooh blanket, canvas bags, black plastic trash bags and a Gatorade bottle with a syringe.

Kronk first called law enforcement in August 2008, less than a month after Caylee had been reported missing. He told jurors that he was working a route near the Anthony family home and slipped into the woods to relieve himself.

"I saw a object that appeared a little odd to me," he said.
He described the object as resembling a skull and being near a fallen tree and a gray vinyl bag or pool cover.
Kronk was with two co-workers. The men also spotted a dead rattlesnake and never went to look at the skull.
One of those co-workers testified today that he didn't think Kronk was serious about it being a skull because he didn't bring it up again after the men found the snake.
Kronk called authorities three times in August 2008 to report that he'd seen somthing suspcious and a deputy even met him near the site of the discovery.
"We never went into the woods. We were standing out in front and I just pointed to the area where I believe I had seen it," he said.
Those claims were never investigated further.
Kronk gave conflicting testimony about his discovery in August, saying he was no closer to 20 feet from the skull like object, but then saying maybe he was as close as eight feet from it.
The defense attempted to show Kronk had a financial interest in Caylee's remains. Kronk received money from media outlets, including ABC, for a picture taken of the snake he found when he spotted the skull like object. Kronk also received a $5,000 reward.
The defense grilled Kronk about a phone call he allegedly made to his son in November 2008, a month before Caylee was found. The defense claims he told his son he was going to be famous. Kronk denied making that call. He said he talked to his son in December after the remains were found.
"I called him on Dec. 11 and I told him that...I had found something and that if he turned on the television that night, he'd be able to see me for the first time since he was 8 years old," Kronk said.

George Anthony Denies Affair; Man Who Found Caylee’s Remains Testifies

George Anthony was on the stand relatively briefly, and most of defense attorney Jose Baez’s questions for him focused on his alleged affair with Krystal Holloway, a volunteer he met at the search command center who he knew by the name River Cruz.
“She is not a very good person, sir,” George said, referring to her “questionable past” and her criminal record.
George denied that he had a romantic relationship with Holloway (“to me, that’s very funny,” he said in response to the allegation) and said he visited her home several times to comfort her because she told him she was dying from a brain tumor. He said his wife Cindy was aware of their relationship.
“I have nothing to hide, sir,” George said. “Never have.”
He also denied ever telling Holloway that Caylee Anthony’s death was an accident that snowballed out of control. He said he may have sent her a text message telling her he needed her in his life because he sent texts to many volunteers and he did need them in his life.
Baez did not ask him any questions Tuesday about hiding Caylee’s body or molesting Casey, as he alleged in his opening statement.
The defense also recalled Cindy and Lee Anthony. Cindy denied instructing private investigators Dominic Casey and Jim Hoover in November 2008 to videotape the area off Suburban Drive where Caylee’s remains were later found. She claimed she had no knowledge of that search, which Hoover had shown the jury video from on Monday.
Lee Anthony testified Cindy did send the private investigators there because “she got a psychic tip that she wanted to follow up on.” “I was quite angry,” he said, because that was the first time anyone in the family had indicated they were looking for Caylee dead rather than alive.
“I couldn’t believe that they were even considering that Caylee could no longer be with us,” he said.
However, he remembered that he argued with Cindy about that in October 2008, while the search did not happen until November.
On recross, prosecutor Frank George asked if he was still “completely sold on the lies your sister told you” in October.
“Yes and no,” Lee said, smiling.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office Det.Yuri Melich also took the stand briefly to testify that he recalled Cindy Anthony saying something in December about having her people search the Suburban Drive area a month earlier and finding nothing.

Anthony prosecutor dons 'Stay Dwight' tie

June 28, 2011

Jeff Ashton, right, a prosecutor in the Casey Anthony case, wore a 'Stay Dwight' tie in court on Tuesday.
Ashton's tie, seen above, was created by Ryan Totka, the founder of the, a grassroots effort to keep Dwight Howard in Orlando. (Photo courtsey Ryan Totka)
ORLANDO, Fla. — The two biggest stories in Central Florida have converged in a courtroom on the 23rd floor of the Orange County Courthouse.

Dwight Howard and Casey Anthony are now linked — by a lawyer's silk necktie, that is.

Anthony is charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008 and has been on trial since May 25.

Howard is the superstar center for the Orlando Magic who can become a free agent at the end of next season.

Prosecuting attorney Jeff Ashton, one of three lawyers trying the case for the state of Florida, happens to be a huge fan of the Magic and Howard. Ashton wore a white "Stay Dwight" tie in the courtroom on Tuesday — a silent sign of support for the campaign to keep Howard in Orlando when his contract is up at the end of next season.

The idea for the tie came about when Ashton's son, Jon, contacted Ryan Totka, who founded the during the NBA playoffs.

"Jon actually emailed me through the Stay Dwight site and said his dad was a big Dwight Howard and Magic fan and that he wears these crazy ties," Totka said. "He asked, 'Would it be possible to get a tie made? I think I can get my dad to wear it.'"

Within a week, Totka had a white tie covered in blue Stay Dwight logos created especially for Ashton.

Ellen Gray: 'Cases' probes suspicious child deaths

FRONTLINE. 9 tonight, WHYY 12.
WE DIDN'T really need the ratings-grabbing trial of Casey Anthony - the Orlando, Fla., woman accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008 - to tell us that the death of a child, any child, is a messy, emotional business.
We certainly didn't need HLN's Nancy Grace, whose zeal to see Anthony convicted may exceed even the prosecution's.
Messy and emotional is the lifeblood of TV, where the Anthony case seems to be the one daytime drama no one's ready to see canceled. But emotions can wreak havoc with the dispensing of actual justice, as PBS' "Frontline" demonstrates tonight in "The Child Cases," a look at how lax standards for investigating the deaths of children can - and does - sometimes lead to the conviction of innocent people.
"The mind-set is prosecutorial . . .. They get caught up in the anger, the emotion, the despair," says Dr. Jon Thogmartin, a chief medical examiner in Florida who reversed his predecessor's findings in two child-death cases because, he says, the injuries recorded as evidence were in some instances "imagined."
As complicated as determining cause of death in an adult can be - a situation not helped by the fact that many medical examiners aren't board-certified in pathology - it can be harder in children, he tells "Frontline."

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